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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-06-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-06-07

Topics Live concert

Dire Wolf, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Mountains Of The Moon,Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Sitting On Top Of The World-> Cold Rain & Snow-> Doin' That Rag, Me & My Uncle, Turn On Your Love Light*

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage MR > DAT > CD > EAC > Cool Edit 96(Resampled to correct pitch) > SHN > CD > SHN
Transferred by A.J. Fink and Seth Kaplan


Miss Janis Joplin's vocals during Turn On Your Lovelight are first heard at 4:20. Most copies in circulation have a curious glitch, with Dark Star restarting after 12 seconds; this derives from a Beta Hi-Fi copy of 1st gen reels circulating in the early 90s.

Extraction retracking, editing and SHN encoding by A.J. Fink Dark Star restart patched using CDWAV & ADDAWAV and pitch resampled to a ratio of 95 using CoolEdit 96. Subsequent extraction and .shn encoding from audio and sector boundary verification by S. Kaplan.


Reviewer: brewster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2015
Subject: This show is highlighted in Rolling Stones article

for its guest jam.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2014
Subject: great throughout
Dupree's, Sittin', Cold Rain and Rag are the best ones ever.
Stephen>Eleven's of '69 are WAY up there in the annals and this one is no exception.
From MAMU on sound quality lessens, great Love Light though..
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2013
Subject: Balling a what?
I am presuming that is Uncle Bobo talking about balling something after that orgasmic LOVELIGHT!
All the Jerry tunes very sweet! and Me and My Uncle has Bobby at his outlaw cowboy best.
Unless you have a time machine I can borrow ???
This deserves 5 stars!!!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2013
Subject: --
Don't let Janis's towering presence on Lovelight distract you from the rest of this show; in fact, I'd say Lovelight really isn't the best highlight here, as giddy as it is...

Try those three opening acoustic numbers - especially the lovely mini-jam out of Mountains of the Moon...and the Dark Star treads along some sinister, paranoid ground....the Eleen has Jerry all over the frets.

Yes, there are some obvious source changes here, but the only real casualty is Me & My Uncle - it's so sharp and whining your ears will plead for the 'skip' button. So go ahead and get that Lovelight going!
Reviewer: aubri13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2012
Subject: Janis also in Doin' That Rag
At ~3:40, at the end of the 3rd verse between when Jerry softly hits "..if you keep on Doin' That Rag" and the final "Wade in the water..." line you can hear a far off-mic (backstage?) "Come On" that is unquestionably Joplin.
Reviewer: dmellis - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2011
Subject: Album Cover Art
Here's some album art. I'm not sure of it's origin.

Also, for everyone looking to download this, they're selling mp3s and FLACs on Wolfgang's Vault.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2011
Subject: Early Accoustic/Rare Sitting on Top
A really fine show.

Some of the best live Aoxom0xoa performances they did. A great Eleven Jam.

And looking forward and looking back. Looking forward towards getting away from the focus on psychedelia of '67 and '68 to the new song-oriented Aoxomoxoa material, and a bit of Workingmans. But also back to some of the songs of '66: Sitting on Top of the World and Cold Rain and Snow. (Me and my Uncle is actually from '66 as well.)

TC on Keyboards. Pigpen is absent until the end. This is a very Jerry-focused show. And he's in fine form.
Reviewer: mklsgl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2011
Subject: Hey Icculus166
Icculus (And whoever else might be interested), this was a superb performance--every priceless moment! Email me ( for an easy way to download it.

- Michael
Reviewer: Icculus166 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2011
Subject: where can i download it at?
Ive looked everywhere!! anyone know where I can download it at?
Reviewer: bobbypro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2011
Subject: Classic !
Classic early Dead---Janis and Pig Pen make it a truly rare jem---great early Dark Star---brings back the essence of the old saying "There is really 'NOTHING' like a Grateful Dead Show"---for those who have had the experience-no explanation is necessary---for those who have not-none is possible.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2010
Subject: Spectacularly Underrated Gem!
yes the Lovelight with Janis is legendary, but The Dark Star thur SoToTW portion of this show just BURNS with typical '69 fire and brimstone.

The DS in particular is very unique, someone else mentioned the weird energy in the beginning with the double stops; from there the jam just ebbs and flows intensely, building into a blinding crescendo just before the second verses. what an amazing version! you've gotta here it. the Eleven is also very hot, and the Sittin' is a candidate for a best-ever version; jer leads RAGE!!

don't forget the first ever dire wolf; a nice subdued acoustic performance very different from later versions...

i could go on all day about this one, just listen for Christ sakes!
Reviewer: deadhindu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2010
Subject: this is the best
and we all love it!
Reviewer: gratedude69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2010
Subject: classic
recording isnt perfect but sure aint bad, classic 69 set here all well played and enjoyable
Reviewer: gratefuldiver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2010
Subject: testing
Search Results page says 16 reviews. No reviews are shown on the web page for the show itself. If this posts, the Pig Pen / Janis duet in Lovelight is very special.

Reviewer: beantown_adc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2009
Subject: Dire Wolf
J Straw from Topeka: I did go check out Dick's notes as you suggested. True, the notes describe what looks like the same songlist, they also place the venue as Carousel Ballroom. In addition, if you look at the URLs on that site for show notes, it uses the form "yearmonthday", i.e., 680607 as the file name for each image. And, in fact, the URL for that page IS 680607. And on June 7, 1968 they played Carousel Ballroom (though Deadbase shows only St. Stephen --> Darkstar as songs that were played). So, the date in the URL matches the venue that he lists, but while the song list looks like it might have been the 2nd set of the 69 show, it's far from complete.

I guess the bottom line is that Dick's site raises more questions than it answers. So, while I'd like to trust the guy just because of who he is, his site raises more questions than it answers.

Having said all that, the show seems excellent -- an old, late generation tape, and not nearly as crisp & present as many others of its vintage, but the playing and the presence of Janis make it a must-have, IMO.

Hey now!!
Reviewer: bearster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2008
Subject: William Tell Bridge
William Tell bridge is part of St. Stephen.
Vocals sound awesome on the Eleven, just beautiful and inspired.
lovelight's a jewel.

1. Why isn't this a Dicks pick?
2. Are there any other sources available?
-trade q's:

does anybody know of a show a couple days before or after this show where Elvin bishop sitting in FOR Jerry? just curious.

Bear (no relation)
Reviewer: chronosynclastic_infundibulum - - June 22, 2007
Subject: Re: Date Doubts
Just to make things even murkier: David Dodd on his Annotated GD Lyrics page does offer 06/07/69 as the first known live performance of Dire Wolf. However, he lists California Hall in San Francisco as the venue.
Reviewer: MacBruce - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2006
Subject: J. Joplin/Dead -- Love Light
I was at this concert about four rows back, and I remember it vividly. I was 17 at the time, and a big Dead fan. There was no advanced notice that Janis Joplin was going to perform that night, so when she stepped out from between the curtains behind the drums, that place went absolutely berserk! The few people who were still sitting on the floor were now on their feet. She stood to the left of Garcia, both enthusiastically charged for the occassion to do "Love Light" together. Sweating profusely two minutes into her performance, and wearing a pinkish outfit (CLEARLY sans bra), she was so animated that the Dead almost faded into the background. I've been looking for a chance to hear this clip for 37 years ... thanks for allowing me to re-live this wonderful concert. I believe I still have the handbill from this concert as well; I saved them ALL!
Two years after this performance, that wonderful voice was gone... followed by Pigpen's soon after.
Reviewer: jstraw_from_topeka - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2006
Subject: date doubts?
Do you trust Dick Latvala?
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2006
Subject: Dire Wolf
First Dire Wolf EVER, bitches! That's right! The sound is not good, not sure if it's worth being in your collection if you have limited space.
Reviewer: stuffyhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2006
Subject: have tape
To anyone who cares: I have a cassette of Lovelight only that has all of Janis's vocals.

email me at drumscymbals@yahoo. com if interested.

I'd be willing to give it to
Reviewer: iriedancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2005
Subject: I've said it before...
Totally primative and raw. Full of energy that is absolutely classic. It is a huge shame that Janis was only recorded a few times live with the boys. What a great combination they make!
Reviewer: pigpenfan101 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2005
Subject: Janis Joplin + Pigpen = ......
MADNESS!!! WHOOOOOOPPPPPP. Jeeeez luise. Those vocals fron Janis are harsh. Its to bad we lost Bothe her And My fav PIGPEN from too much drink. R.I.P. You TWO


Reviewer: josiep444 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2005
Subject: Beautiful!!!!!
This is one of the "prettiest" (ya, I just said pretty) Dead shows ever! Seriously, Jerry sounds beautiful "tonight" (particularly in "Me and My Uncle"). "Lovelight," obviously, unbelievable!
Reviewer: Mike Ashenfelder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2005
Subject: A hard-working Dark Star
This may have been close to the peak of Garcia's creativity, with little of the same old endless noodling and recycled riffage that was eventually to come. His playing is fresh, nimble, exploratory, and focused, and includes some cool messing around with guitar double-stops.

The interplay in the band is tight and they're all clearly listening hard to each other. The dynamics shift nicely and often. Though it's not at all spacey, it's as close as the Dead get to actual jazz without playing be-bop standards. A good, honest version.
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2005
Subject: Beware, degraded SBD.
The Lovelight of course is awesome (not only Janis but Jerry's soloing especially is as good ever), but this recording is really hissy. It's better than 2/2/69 for sure, but that's not saying much really. Me & My Uncle sounds like it was recorded in a tin can. Still, worth getting for historical value.
Reviewer: Marcus T - favoritefavorite - October 17, 2004
Subject: Lovelight!
The highlight of this show is obviously Lovelight. Definately cool to hear Janis on here. Sound quality however is poor. Very hissy and no dynamic range at all. Still, that all we got, and that's better than nothing.
Reviewer: oxthom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2004
Subject: First ever...
Dire Wolf
Reviewer: JosiahB - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2004
Subject: Different sources?!?
This is a five-star show, and the Lovelight with Janis is indeed stupendous.

HOWEVER, is disc 2 (Me & My Uncle and Lovelight) from a different source?!? Uncle sounds digi-staticy, and the lovelight sounds like a multiple generation analog source...

Reviewer: candymanan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2004
Subject: Live with Janis
This is a great show and the best quality version I have come across ever. The show as a whole is great, but the Lovelight is truely memorable (even for those with memory trouble) as Janis Joplin joins the band at around 4:30 into the song. Definately get this show!!!
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